Welcome to my Fall Home Tour. Special thanks to Shannon from AKA Design and Christina from The DIY Mommy for organizing this Canadian Bloggers Fall Home Tour. I’m so excited to join with some of my very favourite bloggers and hopefully give you some ideas and inspiration for your own home. Please grab a coffee, and come on in.
The Dining Room
Let’s start off in the dining room, it’s the first room in our home, and I have to say that for this Fall Home Tour it’s my favourite. I’m so excited to show you my Botanists inspired Fall decor. A botanist is someone who studies plants, and I was inspired to give the room a bit of a science feel this season. I love the outdoors, but especially this time of year. The leaves are changing colour, the pumpkins are out, and the acorns are falling. Every fall walk seems like an occasion to find some new treasure in nature. I love the idea of bringing the outdoors in and that inspired me this fall. I always decorate for fall with leaves and pumpkins, and pinecones, but this year there’s lots of other little treasures from nature and they’re all on display.
Just in the front door, on the console table I’ve used a few glass cloches to display some pinecones, acorns made from Easter eggs -see how I made them here, and there’s a magnifying glass for further inspection.
I used some scientific glass for vases. Some I picked up at an antique market, and a couple of pieces are from Michael’s Halloween section.
Shop The Look
I set the table for a fall get together. Inspired by our botanists theme, I used some more cloches as centerpieces.
I was inspired by the grey pumpkins and squash to keep the table in dark tones of grey, and black mixed with my usual whites.
I love how the greyish green of the seeded eucalyptus tied everything all together.
At each placesetting, a science inspired favour for my guests.
I picked up some test tubes at Michael’s and filled them with some candied nuts. I added some science-y looking labels and used them as placards for my guests. A feather adds to the botanist feel too.
The pretty matte black side plates helped bring the table together; I picked them up at IKEA.
The paint dipped brass candlesticks were some I made a while ago -see the tutorial here, and the little fairy lights helped add some sparkle.
In the corner of the room I have a little bar cart. It holds some of my favourite vintage glasses, ready for entertaining.
I’ve got it ready for fall with a collection of pretty pumpkins. The book page leaf garland is a simple DIY I did years ago, and love to bring out very year -see the tutorial here.
My very favourite part of the room is the display on the buffet. I had so much fun collecting all the bits and pieces.
When I was at an antique fair a few weeks ago, I was on the look out for an old printers tray. Printers who worked with printing presses years ago used to keep all the letters in these special trays to organize them. Lots of people use them today to display little collections. I was inspired by remembering a summer mantel that Alice from Thoughts from Alice did a few years ago, where she used a science theme and displayed rocks and shells in a printers tray. The printers tray seemed like the perfect way to display seeds and nuts for fall. I wanted to include some botanical drawings as part of this display. We made these ones, and will have a tutorial soon -they were so simple and inexpensive to put together.
And then in the front a collection of more treasures from nature.
The real framed butterfly specimens and the vintage magnifying glass were picked up at the antique fair. As were the antique apothecary jars. I filled them with some acorns, chestnuts, and black-eyed peas.
The microscope was a kijiji find that my sister picked up for me. And on the table are more apothecary jars filled with seeds and some more vintage scientific glassware filled with beautiful feathers.
This little scene was so much fun to put together. I was inspired in part by Erin of Cotton Stem. She has a beautiful blog and instagram feed and always does such fun displays seasonally. I love her style and how big and fun it is. She’s shown flowers hanging from ladders, books nailed to her walls, and this season copper kettles as pumpkins. She made me feel like I had permission to choose a fun theme and really run with it. I know that everyone isn’t this over the top when they decorate their homes seasonally. But seeing hers, and seeing how well it’s received by others made me feel like I had permission to go crazy. Years ago my sister had the sweetest little florist and gift shop and her and I would spend hours talking about things like her new store front windows each season. Seeing Erin’s displays made me feel like I could make my own little shop window displays in my house if I wanted to. I hope I might inspire some of you to put the fun back into your decorating this season.
So that’s my fun science-y botanists dining room this fall. From the dining room, we head into the living room.
The Living Room
On this cute little table I have the sweetest “hello pumpkin” display set up.
The cute little brass deer is a thrift store find and I love it.
In the living room this fall, I continued the greys from the dining room.
The mantel was a lot of fun to put together. The grey and white colour scheme inspired me to use a collection of tarnished silver. And I used lots and lots of white pumpkins.
Another favourite from this home tour are the fun pumpkin tassels, made of yarn and wooden beads.
The “gather” sign was a real quick and easy DIY last year. I found an old and falling apart pallet on a walk in the woods, and took a piece of the wood home. I used chalk to write out the word gather and when I was happy with it , I went over it in craft paint.
You can find the tutorial of the book page flower pumpkin here.
To make everything feel cozy for fall I used lots of fur and pillows in the living room.
Perfect for curling up with some tea and tv on a cool fall evening.
And over on the other side of the room lots more elements of nature brought in -the wood stump tables, the birch poles, and a little marble bowl filled with acorns.
Last week I shared some pics from the kitchen -you can see it all here. It’s pretty neutral too, but with some hits of copper and rose gold.
I’m so glad you stopped by and I hope you’re feeling inspired to bring some of the outdoors in this fall.
With the house all decorated for fall, life really is a party!
Be sure to check out some of the other Canadian Blogger’s Fall Home Tours happening all week.